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New to forum 55g Journal

Hello everyone,

New to the forum here and am learning so much from everybody. I would like to use this as a bit of an intro as well as a journal of my new tank.

My experience thus far is a lightly planted 38 gallon hex. No special care just basic water changes and natural cycles.

The new is a standard 55g
-2x emperor 400 hob filters
-finnex 48" planted + 24/7
-100 lbs of Eco complete making 3-4 inches of substrate
-power head 350gph
-aqua clear air pump
-drift wood and rocks compliments of Lake Erie

Currently I have the drift wood and rocks treated and in the tank currently cycling with my medium pleco 3 plattys and 2 mollies.







I have a bunch of plants on the way. I was holding out for warmer weather and it's gonna be a whopping 60 degrees in buffalo this week!

My dosing is going to be made up of the line of seachem products. Flourish excel potassium iron etc. Both filters contain seachem matrix in all 4 media slots and a purigen pouch in each.

Any tips along the way would be greatly appreciated. I plan to get into cheaper dry ferts as well as co2 which at that point I will add an additional 24/7 staggering cycle times by 1 hour.

P.s. Would a 5-6" pleco be a problem with uprooting? If so I'll move him back to my other tank.


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Looks good so far! that driftwood is awesome. With my experience that pleco will cause a lot of headaches in that tank, that being said, everyones fish and situations are different so you never know.
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Thanks! I'm super excited to get this started. Been a fun start minus all the $$$. Plants are on the way. I got a really cheap Amazon package. Fingers crossed all goes well. I may look over the local beaches again for more drift wood to treat up and maybe sell. I've got about 20 pieces atm mostly small.


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Here we go. That was a lot of work. I will be redoing the placement of the plants but I was just trying to get them out of bags and boxes and planted to make sure as much plants survive as possible. I'm gonna let the plants acclimate for a week. Do a water change and rescape. I would like to put the taller growing plants on the left and the shorter ones to the right.


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This s guy might be a pain.


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And this is my other established tank I did some learning on.


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Looks like it is coming together.

You and I are in the same boat. I am new to the forum and planted tanks, and I have an empty 60gal and a bunch of amazon boxes. I'm going to drill the tank soon, and then I can get some water and dirt in there.

Are you testing the water? Hows it looking with week 1 done?
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Nice tank! I love how you collected the rocks and driftwood yourself, that's awesome!


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Ammonia .25
Nitrite 1
Nitrate 20
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I'be been waiting for the ph to go down. That's the same as my tap. The ph in my other tank is runs between 6-7


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Started up my cleaning crew with some nerite snails and a couple clown plecos donated by a friend of mine. I've added 3 large moss balls and have 5 more assorted snails and 3 black devil snails. I'll finish that crew off with a few Siamese algae eaters and call it a day. I might add a cat of some sort but not for the purpose of algae control. My common pleco was just too big a frumpy for a planted tank like this. I've aptly named him dozzer because of this. All the snails are named Gary.


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Also I'm happy to say that plant loss is at a minimum!


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Another addition for cleanup, or a few.



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Looking good you may want to consider dry ferts to save a lot of money.
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Ya I'm just using the line of seachem products to practice the routine of ferts and to observe what does what to the plants. I'm trying to fight little fires in this tank. There's not really a lot just pre mature panic. Being a new tank I had a little outbreak of brown algae. I decided to stay the course of my dosing and the algae is beginning to clear up. Plants are getting new growth. A few damaged leaves on some swords but most likely from stress of shipping. Thanks for looking!


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